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Letter from the Student Body President: What Do I Even Do?

Welcome to the third letter from the president! If you haven’t already, I highly suggested reading letter #1 and letter #2 and then returning back to this page! 

So the last couple of weeks, I have realized that I frequently get asked what I actually do as student body president. When I first started this journey, I had the same question! It is this question that stirred my goal to inform you all of what GSGA and more specifically, the student president, even does! Most do not know what I actually do. Here is a list of things I do that you may or may not already know:

 

  1. Hire and train cabinet. The very first task the student body president and vice president has is hiring the other six cabinet members. Anna Finch, my VP, and I spent hours and hours and hours in the office conducting interviews before making a tough decision. This campus is full of capable and intelligent human beings! After hiring, I spent the summer planning a week and half of training before the school year started.
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  2. Run meetings. Once a week, the eight of us GSGA members meet to discuss matters and events. It is my responsibility to manage these meetings and keep us on task.
  3. One-on-ones. Between Anna and I, we meet with each cabinet member per week to check up on their job and just life in general. One-on-ones have become some of the most refreshing and enjoyable hours of my days. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each of them personally. 
  4. Communicate with the administration. Each month, I compile a monthly report which consists of a written statement from all eight on cabinet about what we have done and what we plan to do. This is sent directly to the administration, so they are informed of what’s going on. I also communicate back and forth with the administration often to ensure we are working together towards our goals for the university. Dr. Brain Hartley has become a treasured mentor of mine as he guides me towards growth into the best possible leader I can become. 
  5. Represent the student body. Working with the administration also comes into play with this one. When the administration is looking for a student perspective on an issue, I am one they call. Representing the student body is an "every second" job because no matter where I go or what I am doing, I am a reflection on the university. IMG_3346 2
  6. Answer questions. Each day, I get about a million questions from my cabinet and people on campus. The other cabinet member new to GSGA has tested my GU IQ. I must have the answers or know where to get them. I also get questions about what’s taking place from students, faculty, and staff. 
  7. Take responsibility for the actions of my cabinet. When things don’t go as planned, it’s on me. If we make a mistake, I own it. Sometimes it's hard, but it's always important that, when you fail, you learn from mistakes. 

I do not consider being student body president a job. It is an honor and privilege to represent Greenville University in my role and I am excited to continue to work to better experiences on this campus. Peace out fall semester! See you in January!

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